The demise of the Potato Growers of South Australia, the disbanding of the Horticulture Section within the South Australian Farmers’ Federation (SAFF) and the cessation of the AUSVEG National Industry Development Network, resulted in the South Australian potato industry without the necessary on-ground resources to move forward.
In 2009, Mr Nicholas Psevdos, a passionate advocate of the industry and inaugural Chair, approached the then Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, the Hon Paul Caica MP, with a vision;
“to establish a representative body to build market equity for South Australian grown potatoes”.
Following extensive stakeholder consultation and the recognition of wide stakeholder support over several years, Potatoes South Australia Incorporated was registered on 22 March 2011. The scoping study report of 2010, developed to determine the need and appropriate representative industry vehicle concluded the following:
“There is a strong case for the establishment of a representative state peak potato industry body in South Australia to provide an effective pathway for input by potato levy payers to the respective Fresh and Processing Potato Industry Advisory Committees which advise Horticulture Australia Limited on the expenditure of industry R&D levies.”
There was also a need for a united voice to represent and work with stakeholders across the value chain to increase consumer demand.
The first article written about
Potatoes South Australia Inc.
in The South Australian Grower